Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 26, Ed. 1 Friday, October 24, 1997 Page: 1 of 92
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Film poses many questions, few answers
Filmmaker Dong to appear at screening of award-winning documentary, License to Kill
By Dennis Vercher
Hatred of gays and lesbians is as old
as Judeo-Christian culture itself, but
award-winning gay filmmaker Arthur
Dong's latest opus, License to Kill,
offers a fresh and intriguing look at
Primarily told through a series of
interviews with prisoners convicted of
killing gay men, Dong's documentary
poses more questions than answers
about a problem which has risen dra-
matically over the past several
decades, as gays and lesbians have
become more visible in the larger cul-
Dong lets the killers speak for them-
selves with no accompanying com-
mentary or narration. The interviews
are interspersed with dramatic, often
unsettling graphics and overlaid with
audio and video of some of the
nation's most prominent conservative
evangelists, speaking in harsh con-
Texas death row inmate Donald Aldrich, convicted of capital murder for his demnation of homosexuality,
role in the slaying of Nicolas West of Tyler, is one of several subjects inter- The film poses no easy answers,
viewed by gay filmmaker Arthur Dong for his award-winning documentary and that's the way the filmmaker
about the hate-motivated murders of gays. See LICENSE on Page 16
The Community Newspaper For Gay ' ; Lesbian Dallas
Utah teacher sues over gag order, dismissal
By Mike Carter
SALT LAKE CITY — Spanish Fork
High School teacher Wendy Weaver
filed a federal civil rights lawsuit
against the Nebo School District on
Tuesday, claiming she was fired as the
girls' volleyball coach because she is a
Weaver also contends that a gag
order from the district that she not
"make comments, announcements or
statements to students, staff members
or parents of students regarding your
homosexual orientation or lifestyle" —
under penalty of termination — vio-
lates her constitutional rights.
"This is wholly unrelated to any
legitimate interest to dictate what
someone can or cannot say in their per-
sonal life," said David Watkiss, a coop-
erating attorney for the American Civil
Liberties Union, which brought the
"This strikes to the very heart of
what the ACLU is all about," said
ACLU of Utah executive director Carol
Gnade. "The right to not have govern-
ment tell you what you c,;.n .and cannot
do in your private life."
The suit filed in U.S. District Court
names Principal Robert Wadley, district
human resources director Almon L.
Mosher, district secondary education
director Larry Kimball and district
Superintendent Denis Poulsen.
Telephone calls to the district and the
high school were not returned.
Weaver and her husband, Gary
Weaver, who also works at the high
school, divorced last April. She has
been living with another woman,
Rachael Smith, "in a comitted, loving
and marital-like relationship" since
then, the suit said. Smith, 33, is the
mother of five children.
The lawsuit said Wadley told
Weaver on July 21 that he would not
permit her to continue coaching
because his "perception of [Weaver] has
changed" and because it would not be
in the best interests of the school, the
students and the district.
Weaver, 40 and the mother of two,
wept in an interview this week as she
tried to explain why the district had
taken its action. She said she was an
exemplary teacher and the school's
most successful coach.
"For 18 years, I've been a good coach
and a good teacher. I've never done
anything that has infringed on any-
See TEACHER on Page 15
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' Openly queer
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is cranking out
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sound on the
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 26, Ed. 1 Friday, October 24, 1997, newspaper, October 24, 1997; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth616357/m1/1/: accessed June 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.